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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What's Cooking: February

I have a few really yummy dinner dishes I found via Pinterest I want to share with you! 



One Pot Wonder Chicken Lo Mein from The Wholesome Dish was super easy, incredibly delicious, and it was a hit with the whole family. Next time I will add in broccoli and snap peas. The more veggies, the better! This is the second one pot wonder meal I've done from The Wholesome Dish and I can't wait to try some of her other recipes too. They are so easy to do, I love it. 


One Pot Wonder Chicken Lo Mein

Ingredients:
½ lb. boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into small chunks
1 - 13.25 to 16 oz. box of linguine or fettuccine pasta, broken in half (I used whole wheat)
4 medium carrots, peeled and cut in thin 3 inch long strips
1 medium red bell pepper, cut in thin 3 inch long strips
1 bunch green onions, white part sliced and green part cut in 3 inch long strips
4 cloves garlic, minced (I used 2 tablespoons minced garlic)
¼ cup soy sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon corn starch
1 tablespoon sugar
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil


Directions:

1. Add the chicken, then the pasta, then the remaining ingredients to a large stockpot and cover. Bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Stir and reduce the heat to medium-low.
2. Cook covered for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cook until most of the liquid is gone and the chicken is cooked through.
3. Remove the lid and let the dish rest for 5 minutes before serving.




Rachel Schultz, A Household Almanac has a tasty Feta and Bacon Stuffed Chicken dish I wanted to try. The kids were a bit weary of the feta, picking most of it out. So obviously this wasn't one of their favorites, but all I ask is that they try it, and they did. So I was happy with that. As for the adults, we loved if of course! Bacon and feta? Yes please! 


Feta and Bacon Stuffed Chicken

Ingredients:

4 skinless, bonless chicken breasts
6 strips of bacon
3 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
8 tablespoons olive oil
1 lemon
4 garlic cloves, diced I used 2 tablespoons minced garlic)
2 tablespoons oregano
salt and pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1. Fry bacon and de-grease with a paper towel.
2. In a small bowl, combine olive oil, the juice of a lemon, garlic, oregano, sale, and pepper. 
3. Slice each breast horizontally 3/4 of the way through the meat. Stuff each breast with two strips of bacon and the feta cheese. 
4. Drizzle oil mixture over breasts in a 9x13 baking dish. Bake for 35 minutes. 




Hawaiian Baked Ham Sliders, also by Rachel Schultz, A Household Almanac, was a quick and easy dinner to make. If you haven't noticed, I'm all about easy! My friend makes the most delicious ham and cheese sliders, so I wanted to give it a try myself. I opted to use whole wheat rolls instead of the hawaiin rolls as they were on sale and I love them. Doing so did not comprise the tastiness of these sliders! I saved even more money by getting my cheese at the deli counter because it was on sale there, as opposed to purchasing it from the pre-packaged section. We also buy large hams and slice them our self with our meat slicer. We save a lot of money buy purchasing in bulk and slicing at home.  


Hawaiian Baked Ham Sliders

Ingredients:

12 king's hawaiian sweet rolls
¾ pound ham, sliced
6 slices swiss cheese
½ onion, sliced
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
¼ cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1. Slice rolls in half horizontally.
2. Layer ham, swiss, and onion slices on to bottom of buns. Place the bun tops over sliders and transfer to a 9x13 baking dish.
3. Whisk together poppy seeds, dijon mustard, butter, and worcestershire sauce. Drizzle mixture over sliders.
4. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 2 minutes.
Slice into individual sliders.




Freezer-Friendly Lasagna Casserole from Money Saving Mom was the children's favorite. Next time I make this, I will double it so I have one for dinner that night, and one for the freezer. 


Freezer-Friendly Lasagna Casserole

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef or sausage
1 onion, chopped
8 ounces of uncooked noodles of choice
1/3 to 1/2 jar spaghetti sauce
1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups cottage cheese or ricotta cheese
8 oz. mozzarella cheese, grated
1/2 teaspoon parsley (chopped fresh or dried)
salt & pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1. Brown ground beef and onion until cooked. While the meat is cooking, boil the noodles according to package directions.
2. Mix spaghetti sauce with diced tomatoes and browned ground beef.
3. Set 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese aside to sprinkle on the top. Combine the rest of the mozzarella cheese, cottage cheese, beaten eggs, parsley and salt and pepper.
4. Layer a third of the meat sauce, then the noodles and then the cheese mixture in a 9 x 13-inch pan. Repeat two more times. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 30-45 minutes.


To freeze: Cover well with foil and freeze for up to a month.
To serve: Thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes until bubbly. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.


With love,
Mama Hauck

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